STUART, Fla. — Almost 20 years after the disappearance of a 10-year-old Port Salerno girl, the man charged with her kidnapping and presumed death recalled her as a nice girl, who fought hard to get away.
That account was part of the 22,555 pages of evidence the State Attorney's Office released Thursday in the 19-year-old case against Chester Duane Price, 42, who is charged with kidnapping and murder in connection with the 1993 disappearance of Andrea Gail Parsons.
By law, information that's exchanged between prosecutors and defense attorneys as part of the "discovery" process is public record.
Authorities allege Price, and Claude Davis, a former neighbor of Andrea's, put the girl in Davis' van, killed her and disposed of the body. Her body has not been found.
Davis, now 76, was arrested for false imprisonment in the case in November 1993; but the case was dismissed in 1994 after Davis invoked his right to a speedy trial and prosecutors lacked physical evidence to go forward with the case. In November 2012, Davis testified to the grand jury that indicted Price. Davis cannot be charged again in the case because charges against him were dropped because of speedy trial limitations.
Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty against Price.
On May 7, 2012, about five days before what would have been Andrea's 29th birthday, detectives traveled to Haleyville, Ala., where Price was facing a domestic battery charge involving a physical fight with his sister, according to a 29-page report giving a synopsis of the investigation.
Price recalled he and Davis on July 11, 1993, were inside the mom-and-pop store buying sodas when they saw the "short and chunky" dark-haired Andrea, standing in line behind them, the report states.
When Andrea walked the two blocks to her Southeast Ebbtide Avenue home, a van driven by Davis with Price as a passenger approached her.
Price asked Andrea if she "wanted to have some fun and make some money," the investigative report states.
During the van ride, Andrea tried to leave. She screamed, yelled, cried and begged to go home Price recalled. While fighting for her life, Andrea bit Price, hard.
"Which hand did she bite ... do you remember?" Martin County Sheriff's detective Yesenia Carde asked in questioning before the arrest.
"Damn, this one right here," Price said, grabbing and rubbing his left hand. "It's gone away now."
"Did she break the skin? Were you bleeding?" Carde said.
"Left teeth marks in my hand," Price replied.
It is still unknown why the men targeted Andrea. While being questioned by detectives, Price described her as having a "good heart, nice girl," the report states. Also unknown is exactly how Andrea died. Conflicting statements were given: Price said Davis hit her with a tire iron. Davis said Price punched her in the head, reports states.
Court records show the day after Andrea's disappearance, Price's half-brother, Billy Phillip Brewer, 38, of Stuart, rode west of town with the two men while they looked for aluminum cans, the report states.
Brewer on May 2, 2012 told detectives he remembered Davis had a large, black trash bag in the back of the van. Brewer said he thought it contained a "dead dog or dead weight."
Price told detectives he and Davis buried the girl on Martin Grade, south of Martin Highway and east of the railroad tracks.
Investigators searched the area but Andrea's body has yet to be found.
The relationship between Chester Duane Price and Claude Davis didn't end with Andrea's disappearance.
Reports show as of last year Brewer lived with Davis inside a trailer in the 5500 block of South Kanner Highway. In February 2012, Price came back to the area attempting to get a job at the Martin County Fair. Price slept on Davis's sofa. Fair officials did not hire him because he had a criminal record, reports state.
Much of the evidence dates to an extensive investigation mounted by the Martin County Sheriff's Office soon after Andrea's disappearance. In 2011, then-Sheriff Bob Crowder assigned a new team of detectives to the case for a "fresh set of eyes to shake things up and develop new leads."